Simple, low cost holiday activities to keep the kids busy
Below are a variety of activities which can be used and adapted to help keep your kids busy over the long holiday periods.
Make a list of ten or more items for the children to collect in the garden, the park or at the beach. Make sure that they are readily available in the area. For young children draw pictures of the items to make it easier for them to collect them.
Encourage the children to write stories, draw pictures or paste souveniers in a book to help them to remember what they did over the holidays.
Bubbles and blowing bubbles are great fun and it can be a soothing activity. Whether it is making the bubbles or chasing and bursting the bubbles others have made the kids love it.
We have some large bubble wands available, which come with a recipe for bubble mix.
Children can play for hours with them.
Fill a large container with water and give the children different containers, strainers and funnels to play with the water.
Add some food colouring to the water!
Have the child draw around his left foot and cut it out.
Trace around this and make up to twenty feet.
Then do the same with the right foot.
Blue tak the feet in a walking pattern around the house and the children can follow them.
Playdoh- Make some playdoh for the children to play with…You need:
1/2 cup salt,
1 cup flour,
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar.
Add to this 1 cup water
1 tablespoon oil and
Stir , cook on medium heat 3-5 mins until the dough is pliable.
Store in an ice cream container or plastic bag.
Find some of your old clothes and let the children play dress ups. You can also check the local Opportunity Shops for clothes.
Give the child some paper and a crayon or pencil. Show them how to place the paper of such items as leaves, bark, car tyres coins etc. Have other children guess what has been rubbed.
Have a Teddy Bears Picnic……………
Buy a thermometer and show the children how to read the temperature each hour of the day and then make a graph of it.
Cut and Paste
Give the children a heap of magazines or newspapers and give them a topic to cut out pictures of and glue on a large piece of paper.
Have the children write or draw your shopping list.
Place ten to twenty items on the table. Have the children close their eyes. Then take an item away. They have to guess which item has been taken away.
Paper Bag Puppets
Children make the puppets by pasting eyes, mouth etc cut from magazines.
Play I spy
Tell the children you can see something beginning with a certain letter. The children have to guess what you can see. They can take it in turns.